hit the bull's-eye

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hit the bull's-eye

1. Literally, to hit the circle in the center of a target. Ugh, none of my arrows hit the bull's-eye—or even came close.
2. To have the desired effect. Based on that rousing round of applause, your speech really hit the bull's-eye.
3. To be correct or accurate. You really hit the bull's-eye with that answer—good job.
See also: hit

hit the bull's-eye

 
1. Lit. to hit the very center of a circular target. The archer hit the bull's-eye three times in a row. I didn't hit the bull's-eye even once.
2. Fig. to achieve the goal perfectly. Your idea really hit the bull's-eye. Thank you! Jill has a lot of insight. She knows how to hit the bull's-eye.
See also: hit

hit the bull's-eye

Also, hit the mark or the nail on the head . Be absolutely right, as in Your remark about finances hit the bull's-eye, or Jane hit the mark with her idea for shuffling personnel, or The governor's speech on attracting new businesses hit the nail on the head. The round black center of a target has been called a bull's-eye since the 17th century; mark similarly alludes to a target; and the analogy to driving home a nail by hitting it on its head dates from the 16th century. Also see off the mark.
See also: hit